UPDATE: News 5 stopped by the Mobile office this morning at 8:30. Officials say they expect things to pick up as word gets out in the next few weeks. This is a pilot program that is meant to run for a limited time. The more people who show up on Saturdays, the more likely the pilot program will be extended.
Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) — If you have to get a driver’s license in Alabama you’ve got more of a chance today. Today is the first day of Saturday business hours for ALEA driver’s license offices. In Mobile the Saturday hours start this morning at 8 and run until 4:30 this afternoon.
The state-run driver’s license office in Mobile has a reputation for long wait times and the system was hit by statewide outages earlier this year. It’s hoped that expanded hours can give people a chance to get this task done without having to take off work and it might ease some of the wait time during weekdays.
Saturday services will be available for first driver license issuances, out-of-state transfers, and knowledge and road skills tests. Although reinstatement services will not be part of this new initiative, customers with such issues are welcome to handle business by phone during regular hours Monday through Friday. The number is 334.242.4400.
Mobile residents are not the only ones who can enjoy improved driver’s license hours.
In Baldwin County, the Bay Minette office will now be open on Wednesdays. In Washington County, the Chatom office will be open on Tuesdays.